I specifically asked him about where we might expect to find asbestos. He said plumbing insulation perhaps., while standing on the asbestos sticky-tiled floor. I wouldn’t have been able to leave the tile alone once I figured out I could pop them up so easily. I’m glad you posted this because I didn’t know there was asbestos in floor tiles.
The floor then ultimately would absorb the penetrating encapsulant, theoretically sealing in the asbestos. Whenever we find black mastic on a floor,, we coat it with a material called perfectprimer It sticks tot the mastic, and then bonds to any tile, glue or epoxy customer wants to apply. The odors you describe regards to the black mastic are common, especially when in an “always damp” situation, especially after having been recently disturbed by your removal of the tiles. Thinking it is also likely that at some point you either created friction during removal, and/or used the assistance of heat to help in your removal. BTW, this suggests that a slury of mineral spirits will be your likely most sucessful aid in its removal.
Huge difference in smell for the while home it made. I have an attic that had the tiles as well on the plywood where there is tons of black mastic. It smells like tar or some kind of old odor especially when it heats up in the summer. I know they sell mastic removers; which I’m using in my basement to seal the floor afterward. I’m thinking of just ripping the plywood out and putting new down since it creaks when you walk on it because they used nails. So, removing old linoleum or vinyl flooring may come as a surprise to some homeowners when they see smears of some type of black adhesive between the tiles and the subfloor.
Once again, read the instructions and the safety measures on the product label several times before starting. No one wants to have to fix an epoxy mistake, as that may prove more problematic than dealing with the asphalt tile in the first place. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for applying the epoxy to the floor. Let dry for as long as indicated on the epoxy product label.
Even floor tiles or linoleum made without asbestos may have been applied with black mastic adhesives, which contained asbestos. Sheet vinyl flooring also commonly contained asbestos backing. Removing old linoleum or sheet vinyl flooring may expose the asbestos backing and release fibers. I would suggest to get rid of the VAT because even though you might go over it the tiles will loosen and still be there later if you decide to change it later.
I’m not too familiar with Eastern-European building supplies however black and yellow mastics used in the US may contain asbestos. I would suggest how to encapsulate black mastic it being examined by an asbestos professional to verify. The experts present how to remove old carpet and exchange it with a tile floor. Mitigate risk of asbestos tiles by encapsulating them with concrete.
If you’ve removed all the residue from the surface I don’t know where any asbestos might come from. chances are the guy will use water when he drills the holes, anyway. He should do that just to keep the dust down in your house. If you scrape the old mastic up with a razor scraper, and it has asbestos encapsulate black mastic in it, the asbestos would still be “encapsulated,” meaning there is little risk to you or yours while you handle it. You do not want to use a grinder to remove it, as that would make fine dust which is the real hazard. The scraped up debris can be disposed in plastic bags with your household waste.
These base coats or epoxy primers can be used over fiberglass, plastic or the black iron phosphate coating. Don’t paint mastic especially if it’s still soft. You can paint on builders/ decorators caulk if you need an internal filler. Drying time will vary based on thickness and porosity of the ACM being encapsulated. I don’t like chemical strippers for the same reason CX said.
The area had carpet so I thought it would be a quick job to pull up the carpet. After pulling up the carpet I saw there were wood tile underneath. Now I’m wondering if its asbesto, if I’ve been exposed and should I seek a doctor? I was totally unaware and was not properly dressed with safety attire. You will only see black mastic asbestos after a floor covering has been removed. As the name suggests, black is its predominant color.
For instance, new vinyl or laminate flooring options are not made with asbestos. Ceilings with asbestos tiles may be recognized by several names, including drop ceilings, suspended ceilings and acoustic ceilings. Exposure to asbestos materials can cause serious health issues, such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. If you want to remove asbestos with the help of a company, it’s going to be expensive. You’re not just hiring a general contractor who simply strips the siding and tosses it in a roll-off dumpster. Many buildings contain asbestos, which was used in spray-applied flame retardant, thermal system insulation, and in a variety of other materials.
I wonder why they just wouldn’t remove the mastic? Next easiest substance to remove with a buffer and mastic remover. IMO with mastic there is zero chance of asbestos fibre releasing from that stuff.
The long, needle like shape just permits the asbestos fibres to travel much deeper down into the lungs. I have been told okay to clean as long as they tiles are not damaged. This means Pine Sol (or other such cleaner and a stiff brush and GENTLY scrub to get the dirt off…Wear a mask as even just the dirt from 35 years will be nasty. I have kitchen tiles that are beyond cleaning. I apologize for being off topic, I guess it triggered an emotional reaction! My thought was about the potential air contamination, and you and your husband ‘s potential exposure.
Apply some water to a small section of the adhesive. If the adhesive used was organic mastic, the water will begin to soften it, allowing you to scrape it off. In the 1990s, for example, two engineers filed lawsuits against North American Refractories Company, claiming they developed mesothelioma using the company’s gunning mix.
Then, scrape away the mastic with a chisel or an edge scraper. Alternatively, if you’d rather use a heat gun, be sure to wear heat resistant gloves as mastic is flammable. Joining the team in February 2008 as a writer and editor, Michelle Whitmer has translated medical jargon into patient-friendly information at Asbestos.com for more than 12 years. She was quoted by The New York Times on the risks of asbestos exposure. Some asbestos adhesives can be removed using chemical solvents, but these chemicals are not compatible with all types of adhesives and they can damage or stain the subfloor.
Most of the cutback I’ve dealt with is not very hard and I doubt that any skim will hold up well over time if it isn’t removed. It can be tiled over, which will encapsulate it and prevent the particles from becoming airborne. However, this is a matter of local building codes, so check with your local health department or building inspector before doing so.
On average, you can expect it to take 8 hours or more to complete a typical residential project. The average cost for asbestos removal is $20 to $65 per square foot with most homeowners spending between $1,212 and $2,821. Complete whole-home abatement for siding, tile, insulation, ceilings, attic, roof, and pipes can run anywhere from $15,000 to $48,000. Setup and sealing off the area makes up about 60% of your final cost.
A home HEPA vacuum should not be used as its HEPA filtration rating is inadequate for the work. We again only sand or grind within a controlled and encapsulated work place placed under negative air pressure. My understanding is you only have to worry about asbestos if things are broken. I had similar tile and threw them in the garbage.
I think you can search the product and watch videos of the process. We had great success removing the mastic from concrete slab. We’re not sure what to do on the second floor though. The only state in which asbestos is truly safe is when it is not exposed to an activity that may abrade it, such as sanding it or even walking on it over time.
It is true that once asbestos is released into the air, those microscopic particles can stay there for years and years and years. But I do think once it’s done, I’ll still order an air quality test just to be on the safe side. 🙂 If it were just me living there, I’d probably not really worry about it. But since Matt will be there, and he’s already dealing with compromised health, I’d rather err on the side of caution. It might be best to have that tested before sanding. However if you “wet sand” it, there would be no dust.
The clean room shall be equipped with a locker or appropriate storage container for each employee’s use. Following showering, such employees however must then change into street clothing in clean change areas provided by the employer which otherwise meet the requirements of this section. Class II and III asbestos work which is not performed using wet methods, except for removal of ACM from sloped roofs when a negative exposure assessment has been made and the ACM is removed in an intact state.
Asbestos-containing material removed, shall be immediately bagged or wrapped, or kept wetted until transferred to a closed receptacle, no later than the end of the work shift. Cutting, abrading or breaking the material shall be prohibited unless the employer can demonstrate that methods less likely to result in asbestos fiber release are not feasible. Any scraping to remove residue must be performed wet. Each panel or shingle shall be sprayed with amended water prior to removal.
The kitchen was gutted and I was in a hurry and taking all that mess out looked like a lot of work and it was easier to make a tapered threshold into the living room. If the tiles are 12×12 there is a 95% chance they have no asbestos. Unless you are cutting them with a saw manually scraping them up was the removal method.
Keep in mind, new attic insulation costs between $813 and $1492 or $1.50 to $3.00 per square foot. If they have to remove nails, it can cost $3,200-$3,400 to remove all the ductwork in a 1,300 sq. If possible, it’s cheaper and easier to rerun new ductwork around the existing ducts. Wet the back of the tile w/ a sponge before installation. Keeps the tile from drawing the water out of the mortar.
There should be some kind of warranty for the labor. Rotary lock with hopper, rotary valve and drive – Motor driven multiple blade rotary valve provide air lock while continuously dumping collected material. Can be used with hoppers under either positive or negative pressure. Flanged for connection to dust disposal chute. Side view with supplied air island, door for drossing lead pot, access for burner maintenance, kettle, work opening and Dynacast. I also agree that much of the general public’s fear of asbestos is overblown.
Permitting and licensing will vary from state to state, but all waste removal must meet minimum EPA Laws and Regulations for safe disposal. Dormant asbestos doesn’t pose a significant health risk and typically is contained rather than removed. Encapsulation costs much less than removal at $2 to $6 per square foot to enclose and seal off asbestos. The asbestos fibers may settle in the lining of internal organs and cause irritation. Over time, irritation may lead to conditions such as asbestosis, pleural thickening or pleural plaques.